Israel55-91

7-26, 20-17, 21-25, 7-23

France

 

Date: 19.09.2003, 16:30hGroup:  AVenue:   Pyrgos (GRE) Spectators: 500
Referees:  Serge De Coster (BEL), Sergey Bulanov (RUS)
TEAM LEADERS
Israel France
Liron Cohen (18)PtsSandra Le Dréan (16)
Ornit Shwartz (7)RebElodie Godin (13)
Liron Cohen (3)ASCatherine Melain (5)
Rivi Grinboym (2)STEdwige Lawson-Wade (3), Nathalie Lesdema (3)
Liad Suez Karni (1)BSNicole Antibe (2)

GAME REPORT

19.09.2003
France 91 Israel 55

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Cathy Melain had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
France flashed their European Championship title credentials on opening day in Greece with a
91-55 demolition of Israel.

Les Bleues, the defending champions, may be a more inexperienced side than the group which captured the crown on home soil two years ago as Yannick Souvre, Laetitia Moussard, Laure Savasta and Isabelle Fijalkowski have since retired from the international game.

None of that fabulous four were missed on Friday in Pyrgos, though, as Alain Jardel's side limited Israel to just seven first-quarter points and cruised to an easy win.

The Israelis, making their first appearance in the championships since they hosted the event 12 years ago, trailed 26-7 after that horrific opening 10 minutes and battled to keep the scoreline
respectable the rest of the way.

Sandra Le Drean had 16 points, three assists and one steal to lead a balanced French attack.

In all, France had six players finish in double figures scoring with Cathy Melain chipping in 13 points, including two of six from behind the three-point arc, and five assists.

France dominated the game on the interior, not only shooting 66% inside the three-point line but also outrebounding the Israelis 62-28.

Liron Cohen had a game-high 18 points for Israel who shot just 28% from the field.

The easy win is good news for Jardel, who has tried to lower expectations this week on the back of France's upset by Greece in their final warmup game.

His players should be fresh by tip-off on Saturday when they face Serbia & Montenegro in another Group A game between two sides deemed to be serious title contenders.

Israel must now try and regroup before their clash against the Czech Republic in the last game on Saturday in Pyrgos.

COACH QUOTES

19.09.2003
Quotes France - Israel

Alain Jardel, Head Coach France

"This was not an easy victory. Israel have some good players. This was a good win and also a good start to the competition."

Edwige Lawson, France

"I agree with the coach, this was a good game for our confidence."

"We don't feel pressure as European Champions because this is a different team now and we are in a transitional period."

"We have nothing to prove and we want to do the best we can."

Moshe Weinkrantz, Head Coach Israel

"This was not really a surprise for us and we just want to do the best we can. We are not good enough to play with the French."

Limor Mizrachi, Israel

"We felt that we could win but France have a better team than us. Nobody thought we would even make it to the championship so anything is possible."

 

Top performers

Israel France

Limor Mizrachi

 

Elodie Godin

13Pts10
3Reb13
1AS0
1ST0
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Israel France
16/58FG M/A34/77
10/37 (27.0%) FG2P M/A29/58 (50.0%)
6/21 (28.6%) FG3P M/A5/19 (26.3%)
17/20 (85.0%) FT M/A18/27 (66.7%)
25 (4-21) Reb (O-D) 59 (24-35)
6AS16
21TO17
6ST11
1BS5
25PF21
55Pts91

PHOTO GALLERY

ISRAEL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Suez Karni, L. 120/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0022120120
5Cohen, L. 326/1931.63/1030.03/933.33/560.00113510218
6Natho, N. 81/1100.00/00.01/1100.01/1100.0000010024
7Mizrachi, L. 254/1040.03/560.01/520.04/580.00331310313
8Shwartz, O. 271/714.31/616.70/10.05/5100.0167010047
9Noy, T. 80/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
10Grinboym, R. 111/333.30/00.01/333.30/00.0022022023
11Epstein, M. 221/520.01/425.00/10.04/4100.0022021026
12Palmon Maoz, T. 130/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0022010010
13Zeevi, S. 271/520.01/520.00/00.00/00.0336030042
14Arbel, S. 131/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0000111022
15Sharon, S. 20/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000000
TOTAL16/ 5827.610/ 3727.06/ 2128.617/2085.042125621612555
FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Dumerc, C. 102/366.71/250.01/1100.00/00.0202011005
5Le Dréan, S. 256/1442.96/966.70/50.04/580.01453110216
6Melain, C. 315/1338.53/742.92/633.31/250.00665420213
7Lawson-Wade, E. 194/757.13/560.01/250.02/540.04372030211
8Gomis, E. 141/616.70/30.01/333.30/00.0022020033
9Sauret-Gillespie, A. 214/1233.34/1040.00/20.03/475.02353310211
10Lesdema, N. 141/425.01/425.00/00.00/00.0224123132
11Ndongue, E. 80/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0145010120
12Tonnerre, D. 111/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0000100012
13Dijon, S. 80/10.00/10.00/00.06/875.0325100006
14Godin, E. 145/683.35/683.30/00.00/00.076130001210
15Antibe, N. 255/771.45/771.40/00.02/366.72350302212
TOTAL34/ 7744.229/ 5850.05/ 1926.318/2766.724355916171152191
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Israel France

Limor Mizrachi

 

Elodie Godin

13Pts10
3Reb13
1AS0
1ST0
0BS1
25Min14

TEAM STATS

Israel France
16/58FG M/A34/77
10/37 (27.0%) FG2P M/A29/58 (50.0%)
6/21 (28.6%) FG3P M/A5/19 (26.3%)
17/20 (85.0%) FT M/A18/27 (66.7%)
25 (4-21) Reb (O-D) 59 (24-35)
6AS16
21TO17
6ST11
1BS5
25PF21
55Pts91